Windows from the Keyboard Tips, Microsoft Word Shortcut for Bulleted or Numbered Lists, September 30, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions.  The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Microsoft Word – Shortcut for Creating a Bulleted or Numbered List

You may quickly create a bulleted list of items in your document as follows.

  • Press the asterisk (*) key plus a space at the start of your first item. Type the item text and press Enter.
  • The asterisk will be changed to a bullet and the next line will also start with a bullet so you can type the second item.
  • Continue typing the remaining items of your list and press Enter twice on the last item to turn off the auto-bullet marking.
  • You can also bullet text that is already typed by selecting the line or lines of text and pressing Control+Shift+L.


Similarly, you can type a numbered list.

  1. Press “1.” Without the quotes Followed by a space and the text of your first item and then press Enter.
  2. The next line will begin with “2.”. Continue typing the items in your list and press Enter after each item. Each new line will be numbered incrementally.
  3. Press Enter twice on the last item to turn off the auto numbering.

If you later delete one of the numbered items, or insert a new item, the remaining items are automatically renumbered.

That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.


2 thoughts on “Windows from the Keyboard Tips, Microsoft Word Shortcut for Bulleted or Numbered Lists, September 30, 2020

  1. Dear Gerry, I hope you are well!

    Your contributions are very helpful.

    With respect to the numbered list, I have a point that I want to raise with you for your verification.

    My experience has been that, while the process works as you describe it, there is a problem in that automatically entered numbers are not detected by braille displays.

    I do not know if that can be easily corrected.

    By contrast, typed numbers can be detected and that is very important when using braille displays with texts where know the numbering is critical, for example, legislation.

    I am looking forward to your expert response.

    Best regards,



    1. Hello Vangelis:
      Thanks for your comment. Glad the blog posts are helpful to you. Sadly, I am not a braille user but I have contacted several braille users and they all confirm they can read auto paragraph numbers with their braille display. Perhaps there is a setting or technique you are missing. I suggest contacting the CCB office and ask Kim, an expert braille user, for assistance.
      Thanks, Gerry


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